Zynga

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Zynga Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 330 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

Zynga CEO Don Mattrick

Don Mattrick

(80 ratings)

47% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free food and snacks are good and did offset some of the salary cut the pre-ipo hired took(in 52 reviews)

  • Benefits, cool office environment, in house Gym, breakfast, lunch and dinner(in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Most employees have a very poor work-life balance, especially around holidays(in 40 reviews)

  • Low morale coupled with long hours at my studio(in 25 reviews)

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    Great place to work on casual games

    Producer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat benefits and everyone works as a team to get things done.

    ConsUpper management seems directionless and don't know how to create any new games except for FarmVille.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop copying other games.
    Commit to new ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good benefits

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsLots of smart co-workers.

    Good benefits.

    Company provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Happy hours on Fridays.

    Management is reasonable.

    ConsDepending on the project teams, some teams need to work longer hours than usual.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to be a PM. Terrible place for creatives.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat food, liberal vacation policy (if you can use it), little red tape, smart people, good location, bike and dog friendly.

    ConsBroken design culture, PM dominated decision making, short term focus, poor bonuses, mediocre salaries, brutal workloads, terrible team management, constant barking, high turnover, lots of politics and yes-men.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake games people will love playing and people will love making. Pay employees wages needed to live in San Francisco. Profit share more. Stop wasting your employees. Stop making copies and create something original.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits, but lacking direction and career development

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits (medical/dental premium covered 100%, amazing food from the culinary staff, great coffee, snacks)

    ConsWhile Don Mattrick and other executives focus on hiring their friends into senior management positions, we continue to lose tons of talented employees who do the actual work on our products (engineers, PMs, designers).

    Most of the employees I know haven't received a significant title change or real salary bump in more than two years. And I don't see this changing anytime soon.

    Constant reorganizations and priority changes derail any progress teams are making. Teams are expected to be in a constant crunch mode, and we are given very little clarity on the company's priorities. Employees doing the day-to-day work are asked to do more with less—meanwhile the company continues to aggressively hire senior managers and directors who don't actually help with the production of games. This strategy does nothing but add additional layers of unnecessary bureaucracy that make our jobs even harder.

    Big decisions seem to be made on a whim, causing lots of thrash as teams scramble to comply with the executive "idea of the week" and delay progress on milestones that really matter. It seems like with every project we are reinventing the wheel with respect to the software development process. None of this process, and none of the key questions to ask during that process, should be new to anyone in management at a software company!

    Morale at the company seems to be at an all-time low. You often hear stories about Zynga's earlier years where people were excited to work hard and stay late at the office. It's just not the case now. People cheer with excitement for one another when they hear a friend found a job elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to understand how much you make teams scramble on a day-to-day basis with strange requests and questions asked on a whim that pull entire teams off important work so their managers and executives can save face.

    We need more quality control and innovation in our products and in our leadership practices.

    Management needs to seriously consider the impact attrition is having on our work culture. When you see great colleagues leaving every week, it makes you really question your position.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not really a good place for engineers

    Associate Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsFun Place to Work , Free Food, Good Opportunities for personal growth, you get to work on games played by thousands of players.

    ConsNot really a good place for engineers. Most engineers get to work on sunset games transitioned from the US with the aim of keeping the revenue stable for some time.
    Company not doing well ans has had multiple layoffs in the past

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great resources at your disposal, but plagued with never-ending reorgs.

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAccess to real-time data really strengthens the decision-making capabilities. Resources available to do job and perform well. A lot of flexibility given to employees. Lots of great perks (food, gym, dogs, fun building). Fun work environment in a fun building and great city location.

    ConsConstantly plagued with reorgs and leadership changes, impeding on team building opportunities and career growth. Bonuses aren't regular or completely transparent. Losing a bit of the work hard / play hard edge.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need more excitement from our new CEO.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Zynga does allow for a high level of autonomy and ownership of product.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, People, Environment, Perks, Variability

    ConsCompany is transitioning and the culture, roles and responsibilities are transitioning to more of an EA model.

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    Great People, Poor Management

    Lead Game Designer (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits (food, healthcare, fitness) and great employees (the people who are actually making the games)

    ConsManagement at the team level is sadly terrible. The group of GMs and high level managers that have remained with Zynga are still trying to use strategies from 2008 to determine how to move forward in a completely different game market.

    I have never worked for a more cliquey company in my entire career. I have watched people with little to no experience be promoted to senior and lead positions simply because they had worked with a particular manager on another project. I shouldn't have to hold a "senior" anyone's hand when using Microsoft Word or Perforce.

    Some long-term Zyngites seem oblivious to the troubles the company has had. The frequency in which I heard people brush off layoffs and other cuts in a nonchalant, casual manner was disturbing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen a team has three creative directors but no one to actually implement the vision then perhaps it is time to rethink the org chart.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Clueless Monster

    Customer Service Lead (Current Employee)

    ProsA gaming giant inevitably - Who can forget FarmVille? Who doesn't know Country Escape?

    ConsRecently it all came down to money. If it generates money - Retain. If it doesn't - Close. Politics is everywhere but for sure in this place its very intense. Meritocracy applies for favorites, not for performers. Most, if not all managers are clueless on what and how the frontliners are doing. They are merely email respondents telling to follow up a request.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some people from your other sites and or BPO partners! Learn how to appreciate and retain talent and value them!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThere's a pretty good work-life balance, depending on the team you're on. The benefits and perks offered are great and the teammates I have worked with are awesome. And there's always the chance that you get to work on interesting tasks.

    ConsDue to cost reduction, some perks were taken away. There's a huge gap between what management says about promotions and raises to what actually happen. Given the recent major changes at the company, in some situations, promotions have simply stalled.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe mindful about the teams you have and don't go laying off people while hiring for similar positions on other teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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